Biomedical Ultrasound Group


The Biomedical Ultrasound Group (BUG) provides a focus for research involving ultrasonics and acoustics within the Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering. Ultrasound is the most commonly used modality for diagnostic imaging, but it is also used in clinical practice for guiding surgical procedures and as an ablative therapy, for example, for treating solid organ cancers. Ultrasound, on its own, and more recently in combination with optical sensing techniques, has a wide variety of applications in biomedical science, and provides a powerful technique for investigating tissue structure and function, as well as for monitoring and delivering novel therapies.


  • Bradley Treeby Linear and nonlinear acoustics, pseudo-spectral and k-space techniques, ultrasound modelling, ultrasonic properties of biological tissue, photoacoustic tomography, photoacoustic image reconstruction, medical imaging.
  • Ben Cox Photoacoustic imaging: acoustic and optical simulations and image reconstructions, quantitative photoacoustics, k-space acoustic propagation models, inverse wave propagation, plane wave imaging and measurements, architectural acoustics.
  • Michael Brown PhD student
  • Louis Robertson PhD student

Current Research

  • k-Wave: a Matlab Toolbox for time domain modelling of broadband, nonlinear acoustic propagation through absorbing heterogeneous media.

Affiliated Groups & Collaborators